Events 2012

On the Upside Down of the World

08 October 2012 - 7.30 pm

The Michael King Writers' Centre is privileged to offer a special, one night only performance of On the Upside Down of the World at the Victoria Theatre in Devonport in October.

The play, which stars actor Laurel Devenie, was written by award-winning playwright Arthur Meek, who held the Summer Residency at the centre in 2011. Directed by Colin McColl and produced by the Auckland Theatre Company, this production has attracted rave reviews and is about to tour to the Nelson Arts Festival. It is the first time the play has been performed on the North Shore and its first Auckland performance since its highly successful season at ATC last year. 

The play is based on the memoirs of Lady Ann Martin, the young wife of New Zealand's first Chief Justice. She arrived in New Zealand in 1841 and set up home in Auckland's Judges Bay. Intrepid, intelligent and possessed with a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability, set about learning Te Reo and established a makeshift hospital for Maori. She lived there between 1840 and 1872, an exact parallel of the period between the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the official end of the Land Wars. This unashamedly Pakeha view of early colonial history is surprisingly liberal, heartfelt and funny. Lady Martin's acute observations of Maori and Pakeha settlers still resonate even today.

This performance, which is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, is a fundraiser for the Michael King Writers' Centre. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students. They can be purchased from the centre by phoning

09 445 8451 or email



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